Even as a kid, I liked to doodle little pictures on my envelopes before I mailed them. Well here I am, 40 years later, and I’m still at it, only now I’m using the computer instead of crayons. Some of my envelopes are just for fun; some are just pretty; and others are more artsy.
According to Wikipedia: "Mail artists like to claim that mail art began when Cleopatra had herself delivered to Julius Caesar in a rolled-up carpet. However, perhaps the initial genesis of mail art was in postal stationery, from which mail art is now typically distinguished (if not defined in its broadest sense). The first example of postal stationery was the pictorial design created by the English artist William Mulready (1786-1863) for mass printing-press reproduction on the first stock of prepaid postage wrappers or envelopes produced for the launch of the Penny Post in Britain in 1840."
Today, you'll find mail artists all over the world using many different mediums. If you’d like to learn more about Envelope Art, be sure to check out The Envelope Collective.
Here are a few envelopes I've done just for fun: